In Greek mythology, the nymphs were tiny and minor goddesses that each presided over a type of landscape feature. Normally something glimmering, glittering and bewitching in nature like waterfalls, streams, mountains, lakes or trees.
The name nymphe means bride in Greek and so the tiny and bewitching nymphs represented the brides or maidens of the natural world. During the 18th Century, the word nymph took on a medicalised tone with the invention of the word nymphomania to describe women who experience uncontrollable sexual desire. Although, truth be told, in the archaic myths of ancient Greece, it was the nymphs who had to fend off the advances of horny satyrs and Olympians.
Dryads: Found lingering amongst the trees
Hersperides: found during the dusk wandering through gardens and promoting the growth of apples.
Hyades: Nymphs found fluttering through downpours and torrents of rain.
Meliads: Located in among the ghostly ash trees
Naiads: glimmering nymphs native to gentle streams and creeks
Nereids: Stoic nymphs that calm down stormy seas
Oceanids: Powerful water nymphs that traverse the oceans
Oreads: Soaring and sky-brushing nymphs that live in the mountains
Pleiades: Seven nymphs associated with the goddess Artemis, later turned into a famous constellation.
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